This clip reminded me of Mark Steyn’s column a few days after the disappointing 2012 election.
I have no interest in the traditional straw clutching – oh, it was the weak candidate… hard to knock off an incumbent… next time we’ll have a better GOTV operation in Colorado… I’m always struck, if one chances to be with a GOP insider when a new poll rolls off the wire, that their first reaction is to query whether it’s of “likely” voters or merely “registered” voters. As the consultant class knows, registered voters skew more Democrat than likely voters, and polls of “all adults” skew more Democrat still. Hence the preoccupation with turnout models. In other words, if America had compulsory voting as Australia does, the Republicans would lose every time. In Oz, there’s no turnout model, because everyone turns out. The turnout-model obsession is an implicit acknowledgment of an awkward truth – that, outside the voting booth, the default setting of American society is ever more liberal and statist.
I don’t know about ever more liberal but ever more statist was certainly correct. Trump this morning: